Science looks at living and physical processes, materials and their properties and scientific enquiry – applying scientific knowledge to the real world. At each key stage students learn a variety of topics which are split into Biology, Chemistry and Physics. As students move throughout the school they develop and build their knowledge for each topic. Cross-curricular links with Literacy, Numeracy, ICT, Geography, PE and PSD are important.
In year 5,6, 7 and 8 students take part in a Creative Curriculum, which covers many topics that act as a good basis for KS4. The modules student learn boost both theoretical understanding of science concepts and their practical skills. The creative curriculum also enables the students to be able to make links with other subjects, which solidifies their knowledge and understanding.It is important that starting in year 6 and 7 students develop their laboratory skills and correct practice for writing up and recording practical work.Students are assessed in a number of different ways at Key Stage 3. A combination of topic tests, APP skills assessments and formal tests are used. Assessment for learning is strongly promoted in Science and students are regularly given the opportunity to reflect on their progress, identify areas for improvement and build on their achievements.
In year 9 and 10 students study Entry Level Science. This covers a range of topics that have applications to the real world and dovetail with the GCSE syllabus. Students sit end of topic tests under low control settings and complete a small practical coursework task. This allows them to move into Year 11 with ease.
In year 10 and 11 students start GCSE science. In these final years students should begin to reflect on their learning and apply their knowledge to understand how they affect the environment and the society we live in. They should apply their knowledge to moral, economic and environmental applications of science. In KS4 students will be required to complete a Controlled Assessment. It is based on pre-released materials from the exam board. Students will be expected to develop their own hypotheses and conduct research which they will then test through experimental work. Data collected from the experiment is analysed. Students will also sit 2 externally assessed exams in June.